Bukenya: State Linking Me To Rebels


more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Bukenya on Thursday paraded a one Frank Kigozi, illness who claimed to have been arrested by suspected security operatives and persuaded to lead a spy ring around the controversial politician.

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Kigozi told journalists at Bukenya’s home in Kakiri, Wakiso District, that he was intercepted on May 30 by unknown persons who later kidnapped and interrogated him at a safe house in Kololo, a leafy Kampala suburb.

“I recently designed a T-shirt with imprints, ‘Bukenya we are with you in 2016,’ to show my support for Bukenya’s presidential bid in the upcoming election. As I returned from a Sports Betting outlet, some people came and asked me to join them in the car for a chat. After taking a seat, they drove off to a safe house where I was questioned for several hours,” recounted Kigozi.

Kigozi says he was quizzed on his connections to the presidential hospeful and whether he was among those “recruiting Bukenya’s rebels for training in Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania.”

He denied the charge, insisting he was “just a supporter” of the former deputy head-of-state.

On the second day, the alleged security personnel drove Kigozi back to his home where they carried out a search.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Ibin Ssenkumbi says statements recorded by Kigozi at police are contradictory.

“We are investigating the matter but his recollection of events is not coherent at all,” said Ssenkumbi.

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said he unaware of Kigozi’s claims.

“But I will consult. As of now I am yet to be briefed on that matter,” said Ankunda.

Meanwhile, Bukenya said such “plots” would not put him off on his presidential ambitions.

“I really pity those who think they can intimidate or frustrate me from serving this country as a president. I am not a pauper to be bought off,” warned Bukenya.

This is not the first time politicians are accusing government of linking them to rebellions.

Buganda Kingdom officials Medard Ssegona, Betty Nambooze and several FDC officials have on several occasions blamed government for fabricating treason charges against them.

The Busiro North legislator was sacked as Vice President by his boss, Yoweri Museveni, in May 2011 following a deterioration of relations between the pair.

Bukenya had earlier been cited in a bitter power struggle with then Security Minister, Amama Mbabazi, whom he accused alongside other ministers of plotting his downfall.

In 2005, Bukenya surprised political watchers and everyone when he alleged that the government was being controlled by a mafia clique. In an interview with the Daily Monitor, he said that the mafia was plotting his downfall.

This was attributed to his ever increasing popularity due to the introduction of the cultivation of upland rice, also known as NERICA; his closeness to the powerful Catholic Church in Uganda and meeting UPDF Generals at night.

A trained medical doctor, Bukenya later withdrew his statement at a press conference where he was photographed shaking hands with the Ministers he had accused of being mafias.

It was not until early this year that Bukenya confirmed speculation in the corridors of power that he intended to contest for President.


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